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West Virginia

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West Virginia
Dan Ringer K8WV
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January 31, 2023
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager


The Volunteers On The Air (VOTA) activity began January 1 and is going
full blast! The W1AW/8 VOTA operation for the West Virginia Section has
been rescheduled! Information for the on-air activity, and the W1AW/x
operation for each Section can be found at 

West Virginia’s W1AW/8 operation will occur during 2 weeks. The first
will be from June 14 through 20 including the 2023 West Virginia QSO
Party weekend and ending on West Virginia Day. The second  operation
will be November 1 through 7. These will be a great opportunities to
shine a light on West Virginia and West Virginia Amateur Radio!

Assistant Section Manager Mark Kraham, W8CMK, has agreed to serve as our
VOTA Coordinator. He be scheduling individuals and groups to operate as
W1AW/8 throughout our W1AW/8 weeks. If you would like to be the West
Virginia focus of our VOTA weeks, email Mark at, with
your choice of dates and times, and any questions. Scheduling can be
very flexible. This will be A LOT of fun!


03/18/2023 - Charleston Area Hamfest 
NEW Location: Beni Kedem Temple, 100   Quarrier St., Charleston, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest and State Convention
Sponsor: Charleston Area Hamfest & Computer Show, Inc

05/07/2023 - JCARC Hamfest 2023 
Location: Ripley Middle School, Ripley, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Jackson County Amateur Radio Club

If your group is planning a Hamfest, flea market or any similar
activity, be sure to list it with the ARRL so that everyone interested
can learn or it and participate.


The SIEC will be offering 2 (a third awaiting approval) WV AUXCOMM
Ripley, WV        Saturday March 11  -  Sunday March 12, 2023
Beckley, WV      Saturday March 25  -  Sunday March 26, 2023
Berkley Springs, WV     Saturday April 22  -  Sunday April 23, 2023
The WV AUXCXOMM Course will assist amateurs / groups interested in
emergency communications understand the communication roles that are
needed in today's expanding / collapsing ICS environments. Amateur radio
operators receiving this training will see how they can better assist
Emergency Communication Managers in ICS environments throughout the
State of West Virginia.
Prerequisites Required  (Free):
1.            IS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS),
ICS-100, (or any a,b,c version);
2.            IS-200, Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources
and Initial Action Incidents, (or any a,b version);
3.            IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An
Introduction, (or any a,b version);
4.            IS-800, National Response Framework (NRF), An
Introduction, (or any a,b,c version) ;
5.            Amateur Radio FCC license (Technician Class or greater) ;
6.            Interest in auxiliary emergency communications (A.R.E.S.
or other Emergency Services Group); and
7.            A desire to learn how to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS
Students will attend two 9-10 hour days (18-20 hours (8AM-6PMish) on a
consecutive Saturday and Sunday.   
What you need to do in order to set up a WV AUXCOMM Class.
 1.       Insure the standard class size of 10-30 students (minimum 10
students) is met,
 2.       Each student in your group has met the prerequisites,
3.       Students will be required to send completed perquisites (soft
copy certificates ICS 700,800,100, and 200 and amateur radio license
copy / call sign), an election of course location (Jackson, Raleigh,
Morgan Counies) by email to  by a set date before
the class commences. 
 4.       Students will be required to “create a new user” account
and registrar / enroll for the AUXCOMM Class on Course Mill 7.1 
This is a great opportunity for the West Virginia Amateur Radio
Community in support of our Federal, State, and Local First Responder
Community and I am looking forward to increasing the names on the WV
AUXCOMM list with the Mercer County Group.
When you have additional questions, please let me know.
73’s Jim, WB8YST
 Jim Mangus
Kanawha County Metro 911 
Communications Coordinator
304-746-8730 (direct)
304-746-7911 (main)
304-767-5911 (cell)
304-746-7914 (fax)

As of January 4, 2022

Christopher J Umphrey, KE8WDX, Hedgesville, WV 25427-7165
Ryan F Oquinn, KE8WEQ, Ona, WV 25545-7516
Ian M McKinney, KE8WFV, Scott Depot, WV 25560-7850
Nathan A Thompson, KE8WFQ, Huntington, WV 25701-9774
Lane Bortell, KE8WFT, Vienna, WV 26105-2421
Matthew G Bortell, KE8WFR, Vienna, WV 26105-2421
Anthony W Bennett, KE8WFN, Montrose, WV 26283-9426
Carson K Strother, KE8WGI, Clarksburg, WV 26301-7440
Todd G Christopher, KE8WGJ, Morgantown, WV 26508-8948
Christopher S Hobbs, KE8WDN, Capon Bridge, WV 26711-8904

Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest hobby on Earth!!
And congratulations, too, to the VE’s who made these exam sessions
CLUB PRESIDENTS: See someone above from your county? Invite them to a
club meeting! Get them on the air and involved! (Addresses can be found

Unfortunately, WV hams have been seriously restricted in our ability to
engage in public service events during the past couple of years, or to
do much other than operate. So, it’s more important than ever to let
people know what we do to be ready to respond when help is needed!  The
positions of Public Information Officers and Emergency Coordinators are
designed to fill these needs. Please consider volunteering!


Each ARRL affiliated club should have a designated Public Information
Officer (PIO)! Basically, the PIO is the club public relations officer,
and is nominated by their club and appointed by the Section Manager. You
can read the official position description at  



We have several openings for Emergency Coordinators. Ideally, we would
have one in each county. It is a serious position. You can read about it

Basic requirements: Technician-class license or higher; full ARRL
membership, and achievement of Level 3 qualifications. (Must, within the
period of 1 year, from the issuance of this document or appointment as
EC, whichever comes later, or such further time period as authorized by
the SM, complete all of the requirements for Level 3 qualification.)

In addition to the basic requirements it is important that an EC make a
good impression when dealing with governmental officials, have excellent
speaking and writing skills, work well with others as both a leader and
a follower, and make monthly, timely reports to the SEC. Contact for more information.

**  CLUBS!

Are you looking for a club? Contact Spence Graham,
He’s the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). He’ll hook you
up an ARRL Affiliated club or clubs close to you. You can also go to the
West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council(WVSARC)website and check "Club Contact for new members." It
lists some clubs that are not ARRL Affiliated.
If there isn’t a club near you, and you’d like to start one, we can
help with that. Don’t know how to organize a club? We can help with
that, too! Contact


If you’re planning your club’s program schedule, and would like to
have a WV Section ARRL Official present a program, send a request with
the necessary date/time information to We’ll get
something set up! Want to do it by Zoom? We can schedule that for you!


No one person can coordinate all the activities involved with the
West Virginia Section. Here are the volunteers who make it happen, with
the assistance of many others.

Section Manager				
Dan Ringer. K8WV 

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) 		
Spencer Graham, WT8WV
Assistant Section Manager (ASM)		
Mark Charles Kraham, W8CMK 
Michael E. Maxson, W8SI

Public Information Coordinator (PIC)                      
Cory Sickles, WA3UVV
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)		
Ed Messenger, N8OYY
State Government Liaison (SGL)			
Nathan Burdette, WV8NAB 
Section Traffic Manager (STM)			
Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC

Section Youth Coordinator			
William W. Stewart Sr, W2BSA

Technical Specialist (TS)			
Randy Crowe, N8OZY
Rich Clemens, KB8AOB

You can contact any of the cabinet members by email to


WV Section NTS Traffic Reports – December  2022

Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM 

HF Nets Reporting	Stations	Traffic	Time Minutes	Sessions	Net Manager
WV Fone Net	797	33	496	31	WV8KDC
WV CW Net Early	157	13	234	31	KD8G
WV CW Net Late	104	15	172	31	KD8G
WV ARES/RACES	No Report				
TOTAL	1058	61	902	93	

ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets	Stations	Traffic	Time Min.	Sessions
District 6 ARES/RACES	72	3	101	4
KARC	86	0	160	4
Pendleton Co. ARES	15	0	20	2
BDARC	38	0	89	4
Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net	274	0	1016	13
Easteren Panhandle Traf Net	349	1	352	31
PHARC	26	0	99	3
WV Multi County ARES	No Report			
PCARC	No Report			
District 4 ARES	No Report			
CWVWA (Analog)	No Report			
CWVWA (C4FM)	No Report			
WV WL2K Net	124	0	7200	5
District 2 ARES	No Report			
MCARC	45	0	172	4
Mon Co. 70cm FM Net	32	0	69	5
Mon Co. 70cm 4CFM Net	22	0	45	5
W8CUL Traffic & Inform Net	23	0	45	3
Mon Co. ARES	29	0	64	4
Total	1135	3	9432	87

6 Meter Net	Stations	Traffic	Time Min.	Sessions
Pocahontas 6 meter net	76	0	284	5

DIGITAL	Stations	Traffic	Time Min.	Sessions

Station Activity Report  (SAR) – December 2022
Station	Orig	Rec	Sent	Del	Total

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) – December  2022
Station	1	2	3	4	5	6	Total

ARRL West Virginia Section
Section Manager: Dan Ringer, K8WV

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West Virginia Officials

  • Dan Ringer

    Section Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Dan Ringer K8WV

  • Nathaniel Burdette

    State Government Liaison

    Nathaniel A. Burdette WV8NAB

  • Michael Maxson

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael E. Maxson W8SI

  • Edward Messenger

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Edward J. Messenger N8OYY

  • William Howard

    Section Youth Coordinator

    William W. Howard WV8WH

  • Spencer Graham

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Spencer W. Graham WT8WV

  • Michael DeHaan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael L. DeHaan KD8ZMV

  • Kenneth Caplinger

    Section Traffic Manager

    Kenneth D. Caplinger WV8KDC

  • Charles Kraham

    Assistant Section Manager

    Charles Mark Kraham W8CMK


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